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Why I Love Boulder
Boulder, Colorado is a startup kind of town. Home to a couple lists such as ‘Top Towns to Live Well’, ‘Most Educated City in America’ and ‘Best Places for Business and Careers’ (all by Forbes Magazine) Boulder has a reputation for being laid back.
My friend Jeremy Tanner summarizes it pretty well: “I can have a better lunch break than I could in an entire weekend before I moved here.”
Venture Capital firms in town included Foundry Group, Vista Ventures, Boulder Ventures, and Sequel Venture Partners. Startups that I regularly see in town include TechStars, OneRiot, Lijit, Trada, SocialThing!, Crash Corp, Everlater, FiltrBox, Iggli, Public Earth, Occipital, Quickleft, Slice of Lime and SurveyGizmo. Larger companies include IBM, CP+B, Google and Sun.
Local tech blogs include Rocky Radar and Colorado Startups.
Here’s a walk through of an average first Tuesday of the month:
7am: Get up, bike path commute to downtown takes less than ten minutes. Light bike traffic.
8am: Open Coffee Boulder features 20-30 local entrepreneurs talking about what they like in tech, what they are working on and what they can use help with.
9am: Breakfast at one of the top 20 locally owned breakfast spots in town.
10-noon: Meetings with local startups.
1pm: Lunch Meeting with one of 180 startups in town. Lunch within biking distance and then errands around town. Most restaurants are very sustainable with some even going as far as being zero waste (The Kitchen for instance).
Work out of the office. We have several buildings that are targeted at office space for two or three person companies with pretty cheap rent. The downtown area feels like coworking evolved. Our local coworking shop is the Candy Shop.
6pm: The Boulder New Tech Meetup is one of the largest in the nation (with New York being the only bigger event), where six local startups demo what they are up to.
9pm: dinner and drinks downtown with the local entrepreneurs. The downtown area is thriving, and home to Hosea Rosenberg this years Top Chef.
Rent is cheap by most cities standards, with a two bedroom running around $1000 a month. The food is outstanding with a focus on organic and local products. Summers are hot (100′s highs) but without humidity. Winters are bright with over 300 days of sun. Snow followed by big sun days. Your door to the local ski area lift is 30 minutes. The outdoor community is amazing with a strong running, cycling, kayaking, and triathlete community.
Ignite Boulder is one of the largest in the nation.
If anyone is interested in checking out town, our local ambassadors page is full of friendly folks to show you around town.
Andrew Hyde is a startup enthusiast. He works with TechStars, a mentorship driven seed stage funding accelerator and calls Boulder home. A designer by trade, he now focuses on startups and the community around them. He is the founder of Startup Weekend.